Originally Posted by jason10mm
the typical suspects (wise cracking hero, technobabble nerd, emotionless logic, etc).
I agree with your comments as well as people characterizations
While I don't care for LDP as an actor, the only character
in the show I didn't really like is the geek. Too stereotypical...the others - I agree there's a lot of room for them to reveal to us, especially Rush.
I have nothing against SG-U and do intend on watching it for awhile & see where it goes.
TV SF is hard to do well & that's probably why really good ones are kind of few & far between. As far as the other shows, while Threshold was another alien invasion show, I thought it was "original" in that it wasn't the typical alien - the show's premise made it more unique.
And Surface - I can't say I loved it when it was broadcast, but it grew on me watching the DVD collection. As far as its storyline, while also not truly "original", it was different enough to be unique. If you're familiar with some of John Wyndham's novels, the show seemed to borrow some ideas from his The Kraken Awakes. Wyndham also wrote Day of the Triffids, Midwich Cuckoos (Village of the Damned), all stories about what happens to civilization when some catastrphic event occurs. IIRC, Kraken Awakes had an undersea alien invasion where they warmed the oceans to the point where widespread coastal flooding, tsunamis, etc happened, almost wiping out civilization.
My point to the poster was that there are original ideas floating around from short stories & novels that could be adapted or borrowed for TV SF & that it's not lack of ideas that's the problem for good TV SF to survive.
In fact, Stargate "sort of" borrows some ideas from the novel Eon